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Wednesday, August 2, 2006

U.S. Police Helos Hit With Lasers

Police in New York City and Columbus, Ohio have arrested men charged in separate incidents with shining laser beams at police helicopters. A 19-year-old from Brooklyn was arrested late July 31 after an N.Y.P.D. helicopter crew returning after investigating reports of someone threatening to jump from the Brooklyn Bridge reported their cockpit was hit three times by a laser beam. They directed patrol cars to the suspect, who they said was fleeing the area in a white four-door sedan. A 41-year-old Columbus man was charged with shining a laser from a handgun into the cockpit of a police helicopter responding to a reported burglary. The two officers in the aircraft directed others on the ground to a home that they said was the source of the beam. More

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